After Hurricane Harvey slammed Texas in 2017, NCSY teens were among the first who traveled to Houston to provide comfort and relief to the hundreds of Jewish families whose homes and synagogues were demolished by the floodwaters.
In one hard-hit shul, teens worked tirelessly to sort through and salvage what they could from the ruins of torn siddurim, chumashim and talmuds, while setting aside the rest for genizah (holy burial).
Miraculously, the group discovered one remaining chumash (Torah scroll) intact amidst the wreckage. In a moment that could only be described as life changing, the teens stood there together, hand in hand, and read the holy, timeless words aloud.
New Jersey NCSY’s Fred and Rose Distenfeld z”l Relief Missions